Il6 LETTERS FROM THE the Parisians have uselessly destroyed an ornament of their town. I am told there are weekly balls, par abonne- ment of thirty-six francs, for the winter, where the ladies appear in fancy dresses, chiefly as nymphs, with flesh-coloured clothing. The complexion of the women seems to me to be much improved, and there is not such a quantity of rouge used as formerly. Dr. Gem was with me yesterday. He was three months in prison, locked up in the same room with Mrs. Elliott1 (Dolly the tall) and her dogs. He believes in a general republicanism over the west of Europe. The reason of his calling upon me was that he desired to go to England, and had applied to Lord Malmesbury to get him a passport, that he might accompany him should he take his departure suddenly. Lord M. told him he must apply to me for that pur- pose, as I was the only person likely to succeed in obtaining anything. I find, from this and other quarters, that Lord M. has some opinion of me as a conciliator. I have just had a visit from poor Dominick Ifteade, who has grown very thin; and have called on St. Foix and on Madame de Laborde de Marc- i Mother of the first Lady C. Bentinck.